Manhattan Island

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Antonio Argüelles competing in the 2022 40 Bridges Double Manhattan Island Swim around Manhattan Island
Oliver Turner swimming near the finish of the 1994 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in Battery Park, Manhattan Island near the World Trade Center (1973-2001)
Henry Elionsky and Ida Elionsky in the early 20th century doing swimming stunts

Manhattan Island (or Manhattan) contains the geographically smallest, but most densely populated borough, of New York City. Manhattan consist of Manhattan Island and several small adjacent islands: Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, Wards Island, Governors Island, Liberty Island, part of Ellis Island, Mill Rock, and U Thant Island; as well as Marble Hill, a small area on the mainland bordering the Bronx. The original city of New York began at the southern end of Manhattan, expanded northward, and then between 1874 and 1898, annexed land from surrounding counties.

Manhattan is the site of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a highly popular marathon swim and relay held annually in June. The circumnavigation around Manhattan Island is one leg of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.


Complete circumnavigation around Manhattan Island in New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Historic Circumnavigations

First single circumnavigation: Robert W. Dowling in 1915 in 13 hours 45 minutes
First double circumnavigation: Julie Ridge in 1983 in 21 hours
First triple circumnavigation: Stacy Chanin (USA) in 1984 in 33 hours 39 minutes

Multi-circumnavigations around Manhattan Island

1979 double attempt - George Kauffmann (USA)
1980 double attempt - Tom Hetzel (USA)
1983 double success - Julie Ridge (USA) 21 hours 2 seconds
1984 double attempt - Ben Huggard (USA) [with his feet tied in a charity swim
1984 double/triple success - Stacy Chanin (USA) in 33 hours 30 minutes
2007 double success - Marcos Diaz (Dominican Republic) (wetsuit + dryland break) in 22 hours 14 minutes
2007 double/triple success - Skip Storch of the USA in 20 hours 56 minutes (double) and 32 hours 52 minutes (triple)
2016 double success - Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain) in 20 hours 15 minutes
2017 double success - Jaimie Monahan (USA) in 20 hours 12 minutes 6 seconds
2017 double success - Courtney Moates Paulk (USA) 20 hours 15 minutes 55 seconds
2017 double success - Michele Walters (USA) 20 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds
2017 double success - Gilles Chalandon (USA) 20 hours 37 minutes 3 seconds
2017 double attempt - Steve Gruenwald (USA) first loop
2017 double attempt - Mo Siegel (USA)


Counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, starting and finishing near Wall Street.

MIMS Distance

28.5 miles (45.8 km)


Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is limited in the number of solo swimmers and relay teams in its annual race. The race starts and finishes at Battery Park City. Race sells out in less than 45 minutes. The race was first held in 1927. Substantial surface chop and strong tidal pull are possible. Water temperature varies between 64-67°F (17-19°C). Salt water around Manhattan Island may also include random jetsam and flotsam. A Qualifying Swim must be completed before application will be accepted. The premier event of the NYC Swim Series that conducts numerous other open water events and has attracted over 14,000 participants in more than 110 events.

National Winter Swimming Champion

The first sanctioned U.S. Winter Swimming Association National Winter Swimming Championship will be held on 30 January 2016 in La Marina in the Hudson River in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.A. co-hosted by the U.S. Winter Swimming Association and the Coney Island Polar Bear Club.

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